Local Activities for Seniors This Month

LABOR DAY

Monday, September 7th

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, At Home In Darien will be closed.  We will reopen on Tuesday, September, 8th.

 

FOOTBALL FAN?  NEWSPAPER PHOTO OPPORTUNITY!

Friday, August 28th, 7:45am at the Darien High School Football Field, 80 High School Lane

Come pose for a picture with the Darien High School football players to promote Blue Wave Football and free admission for seniors to home games.  If interested, please call 203-655-2227.

 

BECOME AN OFFICIAL MEMBER OF AT HOME IN DARIEN – NEW MEMBERSHIP CARDS

We are pleased to announce our new membership card program and to provide Darien seniors with a free membership card!  In addition to all of the current services we offer, your free membership card will give you access to discounts and promotions at local businesses and shops in town (remember to carry the card with you!) as well as priority sign in for special events hosted by At Home In Darien You will have At Home In Darien contact information at your fingertips!  We will be mailing cards to Darien seniors shortly.  If you would like a card, be sure to call our office at 203-655-2227.

 

VISTING NURSE & HOSPICE OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS

Tuesday, September 1st, 12:00pm – 1:30pm at the Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Blood pressure screenings will take place on September 1st, however, there will be no blood pressure screenings at the Darien Senior Center on Monday, September 7th due to the Labor Day holiday.

 

ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW: WORLD TRADE CENTER

Tuesday, September 1st, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were the signature feature of the lower Manhattan Skyline until an act of terrorism resulted in the total destruction of both buildings on September 11, 2001. Building began in 1966 and included seven office skyscrapers and an underground shopping concourse in addition to the famous 1,368-foot tall towers, which remained the world’s tallest buildings until 1974.

 

 

 

 

VNH OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY: OSTEOPOROSIS

Wednesday, September 2nd, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Ten million Americans have osteoporosis. Although mostly women, men also have this disease too and the risk grows as you age. There are things you should do at any age to prevent weakened bones, such as eating foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D, and doing regular weight-bearing exercise.  Melody of Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County will present an informative program about this potentially debilitating condition and she will have literature on hand to take with you.  Please sign up by Friday, August 28th if you plan on having the complimentary lunch by calling 203-656-7490.

 

MARTHA WASHINGTON

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

From the birth of Martha Washington in 1731 to the death of Dolly Madison in 1849, America progressed from being a part of the British Empire to an independent nation well on the path to westward expansion. Historian Ramona Garcia, Ph.D. presents how Mrs. Washington was one of four women who not only served as witnesses to the American Revolution, but more importantly played a role in establishing the American Republic.

 

THE INFLUENCE OF JAZZ ON CLASSICAL MUSIC

Tuesday, September 8th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Jeffrey Engel, a graduate of the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III), presents a fascinating study on the influence of Jazz on classical music. Musical examples are played.

 

AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE

Wednesday, September 9th, 10:00am -2:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

The AARP Smart Driver™ Course is the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older. It has given millions of drivers the skills and tools they need to drive safely on today’s roads allowing them to remain independent for many years to come. There are no tests to pass, just useful information to keep you safe on the road. Learn about normal age-related physical changes and how to adjust your driving to compensate. Cost of the Smart Driver Course is $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-members.  There will be a half hour lunch break for all participants.  Bag lunch can be brought, or purchased ($4.00).  Reservations for lunch must be made by 11:15am the day of the course.  For more information call 203-656-7490.

 

MEMORY CAFE

Wednesday, September 9th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm at First Methodist Church, Cross Road, Stamford (behind Lord & Taylor)

A social gathering where those concerned about their memory or who are in early stages of dementia come together with family and friends to enjoy conversation, engage in mind stimulating activities and have fun.  Registration is required. Please contact Hilda Cook at 203-322-7549 for more information.

 

CT PHARMACY: VACCINATIONS

Wednesday, September 9th, 2:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

No one likes getting shots, yet every year people get a variety of vaccinations to avoid contracting an infection. Though some vaccines contain weakened fragments of diseases, they aren’t meant to make you sick. Vaccines are designed to help your body develop an immune response to a disease so that if you are exposed, you can fight off infection easier. Bring your questions and find out from your local Connecticut Pharmacy pharmacist what vaccinations may be right for you.

 

VETERANS GROUP BREAKFAST

Thursday, September 10th, 9:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Darien community veterans are invited to attend the breakfast where camaraderie, friendship and connections are made. Continental breakfast served.

 

BRIDGE BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER

Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

For all Bridge players – there will be something for everyone. Monday’s from 9:30-12:00 starting September 14th will be a Newplicate bridge game lead by Karen Barrett for those new to duplicate bridge.  Learn the rules, the etiquette and the strategies of duplicate bridge in a venue that is less competitive and a little slower paced.  This is a sanctioned game and you can win master points.  Make every effort to come with a partner, for those who do not have a regular partner Karen will try to pair you with someone of like ability.  Thursdays 9:30-11:30 starting September 10th will be a bridge class geared to the intermediate player.  There will be eight prepared hands to play as well as written material to take home.  This class is a combination of bidding, play, and defense.  It is not geared towards the beginner player. For more information on Newplicate Bridge Karen can be contacted at 203-286-7530.

An additional Intermediate Bridge class will be held on Friday’s beginning September 11th from 10:00-12:00. This class is for bridge players looking to expand their game.  Beginner Bridge will also begin Friday, September 11th from 12:30-2:30.  Beginner class will cover an introduction to Bridge for individuals with no prior experience required.  Friday Bridge instruction will be facilitated by Doug Thompson.  Doug can be contacted at minus1880@gmail.com

 

WELCOME BACK AFTERNOON TEA

Thursday, September 10th, 11:30am – 3:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Join friends and enjoy freshly-baked scones with jam and clotted cream, tea sandwiches and homemade cakes and pastries in the stately setting of the beautiful historic house. Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events once again brings a proper British Tea Room to the DCA.  This tea is $30 per person, or $25 for DCA members.  Reservations are required by Tuesday, September 8th, and can be made at dariendca.org or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050. Last bookings will be at 2:00pm.

 

MEMORIES OF SUMMER FUN WITH GERI GENOVESE: ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Thursday, September 10th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Summertime signals fun – trips, beach, barbeques and family.  Geri Genovese will reminisce about summer memories. Come enjoy a delicious ice-cream and remember all the fun.

 

CREATE YOUR OWN PUBLIC ACCESS TV SHOW

Thursday, September 10th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Rich Turcsany, Public Access Coordinator at Cablevision of Connecticut, will discuss what it takes to put together your own non-commercial television program, and have it broadcast over Public Access Channel 88. Rich, a 1986 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, who also has 26 years of experience in cable TV, will also discuss the training that is involved.

 

ARTIST NOBU: ACRYLIC PAINTING

Mondays, starting September 14th, 10:00am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Nobu moved to Darien with her family in 2003 and paints scenes of the New England countryside and the towns of Darien and New Canaan. Many of her paintings are in private and public collections.  She has designed the cover of the Darien Parks and Recreation Department brochure since 2008 and many local nonprofits have used her works to raise money.  Nobu is one of the most recognizable and beloved artists in Darien.  Please come with canvas, paints, and brushes.  Class cost is $4.00.

 

ASSISTING WITH ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING: LUNCH AND LEARN

Monday, September 14th, 11:00am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Bright Star Home Care will host an informative lunch, including a review of practical equipment needed to assist with the activities of daily living for seniors in their home. The focus is on safety and the ability to stay in your home as long as possible. A review of what equipment is covered by Medicare will also be covered.  Handouts will include a Home Safety Assessment Checklist.  A complimentary lunch will be served at noon.  Please sign up for this program by Friday, September 11th by calling 203-656-7490.

 

MONDAY MEMORIES AT THE MOVIES

Mondays, starting September 14th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

When it comes to cognitive functions, memory is one of the most important, and even the slightest memory loss can be detrimental to your life. In recognition of National Alzheimer’s Awareness month, Geri Genovese will host some of her favorite movies about memory, including “Blast from the Past” on September 14th, “Regarding Henry” on September 21st, and “The Notebook” on September 28th.

 

 

 

 

WEEKLY DROP-IN DUPLICATE BRIDGE

Mondays, September 14th, 21st, 28th, 12:30pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Advanced players will enjoy the challenge of this weekly game with Director Bill Wood. Bill is a Gold Life Master, recipient of numerous awards, and owner/director of the Wilton Bridge Studio in Norwalk. $12 per game and this is drop-in play, no reservations are required. One partner must be a DCA member. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Starting Tuesday, September 15th, at the Darien Town Hall, Human Services, Room 109, 2 Renshaw Road

Homeowners and renters may be eligible to receive assistance with their winter heating bills. Assistance is dependent upon income, liquid assets, and family size. Please call the Darien Human Services at 203-656-7328 to schedule an appointment.  All calls are confidential.

 

STAMFORD HOSPITAL LUNCH AND LEARN: ALLERGIES

Tuesday, September 15th , 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Dr. Dominic Roca of Stamford Hospital will present an informative program on allergies.  He will explain what allergies are, what symptoms allergies cause, how you can treat allergies, and how allergies can be prevented.  Please sign up by Friday, September 11th if you plan on having the complimentary lunch by calling 203-656-7490.

 

MARK ALBERTSON PRESENTS V-J IN THE PACIFIC

Wednesday, September 16th, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

In commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War, Mark Albertson, Norwalk Community College Lifetime Learner lecturer discusses V-J Day in the Pacific.

 

HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL: OVERSEAS CHINESE ASSOCIATION CHOIR

Wednesday, September 16th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

The Harvest Moon Festival is the second grandest festival (after the Spring Festival) in China. It takes its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season at the time of the year when the moon is at its roundest and brightest. Chinese people all over the world celebrate it with family reunions, lighting lanterns and eating moon cakes. Music is often a big part of the celebration.  The Overseas Chinese Association Choir will perform traditional music as well as present some cultural background on the holiday. Please sign up if you are planning on having lunch by Friday, September 11th by calling 203-656-7490.

 

FLOWER ARRANGING WORKSHOP: FALL COLORS

Wednesday, September 16th, 1:00pm - 2:15pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

In the early months of fall, gardens are bursting with the colors of summer’s end. Join this workshop and learn how to bring some of this glorious season inside.  The class will be led by two experienced floral designers from the New York Botanical Garden certificate program: Diane Schlinkert and Lois Meyer, both Darien residents. In an informal setting, students will learn to construct the basic arrangement, and then follow instructions to make their own. Flowers and a vase will be provided.  Please bring hand clippers if you have them.  This workshop is $35, or $30 for DCA members. Prepayment is required by noon on Monday, September 14th, and can be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

WEDNESDAY MATINEE – “BEST IN SHOW”

Wednesday, September 16th, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Christopher Guest directs and stars in this semi-improvised comedy that casts a satirical gaze on the world of championship dog breeding and training.  A television crew is on hand to document the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show.  The competition is fierce among the canine devotees vying for top honors.

 

BROADWAY MAGIC: FRANCINE AND JOEL BAND

Thursday, September 17th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Francine and Joel will delight you with musical magic from timeless Broadway shows, including tunes such as “Hello Dolly”, “Applause”, “How Are Things in Glocca Morra” and “Corner of the Sky”.  Francine and Joel are a legendary musical duo.  Francine is an accomplished singing actress and Joel is a world class jazz pianist.  Please sign up by Monday, September 14th if you plan on having lunch by calling 203-656-7490.

 

LIFETIME LEARNERS

Friday, September 18th, 1:00pm at Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk

Experience a real life photographic adventure by a local couple who sailed around the world in a 40 foot sailboat with their two children.  This visual program with maps detailing their travels will be narrated live.  For more information please call 203-857-3330 or email www.lfetimelearners.org.

 

MUSIC IN THE STACKS: PIANIST VIRTUOSO

Sunday, September 20th, 5:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Enjoy an Evening of Delights featuring classical and jazz selections by Arkadiy Figlin, Pianist Virtuoso of Lincoln Center/Carnegie Hall.

 

WAVENY CARE CENTER: RELAXATION TECHNIQUES

Tuesday, September 22nd, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Anne Pelisson, supervisor of the Adult Day Program at Waveny Care Center will present an informative program on using certain simple relaxation techniques to reduce stress. Anne has an MS in Therapeutic Recreation and is Nationally Certified in Yoga Therapy and Reiki.  Relaxation techniques, regularly practiced, have been shown to strengthen the body’s immune system, help control blood pressure, and improve the body’s ability to manage glucose, reduce stress and even diminish pain.

 

FLU SHOTS

Thursday, September 24th and Tuesday, October 6th, 9:30am -11:30am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Every year, millions of people suffer from seasonal influenza (flu) caused by viruses. Flu is a mild illness for some people, but for some older people, especially those who have health problems such as diabetes or heart disease, the flu can be very serious.  The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.  The Darien Health Department will hold two seasonal flu clinics.  Molly Larson, RN will provide seniors with their flu shots.  Medicare is accepted.  Cost for those not using Medicare will be announced.  Please bring your insurance card.  For questions on what type of vaccine to receive, please contact your health care provider.

 

REMEMBER WHEN: FALL MEMORIES WITH GERI GENOVESE - CIDER AND DONUTS

Thursday, September 24th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Raking leaves and jumping in the leaf pile, watching the foliage turn beautiful colors, carving pumpkins, drinking hot cider, and looking forward to Thanksgiving are all fun fall memories.  Geri Genovese will facilitate a walk down memory lane all while enjoying fresh cider and donuts.

 

SENIOR MOMENTS: COLORING FOR GROWN UPS

Thursday, September 24th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Coloring for adults is the latest trend in creativity and relaxation.  If you have a crafting gene, an artistic mind, or are just looking to unwind, you can breathe life into complex designs with fresh color, by coloring pages from books designed especially for adults.  Colored pencils and markers will be provided.

 

NEW TO MEDICARE

Thursday, September 24th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Triangle Community Center, 618 West Avenue, Norwalk

The Southwestern CT Agency on Aging (SWCAA) offers a presentation on Medicare.  Although the Medicare program is complex and complicated, hopefully the presentation will answer questions and demystify the mound of information to those people just beginning to explore the world of Medicare.

 

UNDERSTANDING WINE – PART I

Thursday, September 24th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Darien merchant Nicholas Troilo of Nicholas Roberts will guide you through the techniques used by professional wine merchants to evaluate and judge wines.  You’ll learn how to examine the color, how to describe the aromas of the wine, and how wine effects various areas of the palate. Most of all, you’ll learn how to enjoy wine.  Please bring two stemmed, clear wine glasses to the class.  There will be class work and homework. To register for this class, call Mallory Arents at 203-669-5254.

 

ARTISTS AT GROVE STREET PLAZA

Saturday, September 26th, (rain date October 3rd), 10:00am – 6:00pm, Grove Street Plaza

The Plaza will transform to “La Place des Artistes”, a Montmartre, Paris-styled free outdoor art event where everybody can eat, enjoy art and interact with local talented artists while supporting the Darien Arts Center.  Highlights include over 20 artists displaying and selling their works.  A percentage of proceeds will be donated to the Darien Community Fund.  There will be musicians, dancers and an art teacher who will demonstrate painting techniques.  Food vendors and carts will provide French themed cuisine such as crepes and pastries. For more information, please contact Nobu Miki via email at nobu.artist@gmail.com.

 

BRIDGE CLASSES 1, 2, 4 & 6

See specific dates and times below at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

DCA bridge classes follow the same format. Each class begins with an oral lesson followed by play of the hand. Students should plan on bringing a three ring binder to the first class, as all classes are taught via handouts. No book is required. Prepayment for all classes is required by noon on Friday, September 25th.  Minimum enrollment applies. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

Bridge 1:  Five Tuesdays, October 6th - November, 3rd, 9:00am - 11:00am

This class is for the person who has never played bridge or may have taken a beginning course but wants to refresh his/her knowledge. Basic concepts of the game will be introduced including opening bids, basic responses, and rebids. Instructed by Joan Bergen.  This workshop is $145, or $125 for DCA members.

Bridge 2:  Six Wednesdays, September 30th - November 4th, 9:00am - 11:00am

Building upon the concepts in Bridge 1, this class completes the presentation of basic bidding methods, covers basic concepts of Declarer Play and Defense, and concludes with classes on the Stayman Convention. Prerequisite – Bridge 1, or a basic understanding of the game. Instructed by Joan Bergen. This workshop is $170, or $150 for DCA members.

Bridge 4:  Six Wednesdays, September 30th - November 4th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

This class moves on to Takeout Doubles, Pre-emptive bidding, as well as an introduction on bidding high point value hands.  We also focus on the play of the hand. Instructed by Meredith Dunne. This workshop is $170, or $150 for DCA members.

Bridge 6:  Five Tuesdays, October 6th - November 3rd, 9:00am - 11:00am
This class is designed for people who already know how to play bridge but want to improve or update their bidding.  Common conventions played today in Standard American Bridge are covered in depth.  These include Jacoby 2NT, Bergen Raises, Splinter Bids, Slam Bidding and an introduction to 2/1 game force.  This sequential series builds a detailed foundation for bidding.  Each lesson has practice hands designed to illustrate the concepts being discussed. Instructed by Meredith Dunne. This workshop is $145, or $125 for DCA members.

 

LIFETIME LEARNERS

Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk

Starting in mid-September, participate in one or more courses from a variety of 40 day time non-credit classes.  Subjects include health, music, history, art, politics, travel, literature, science, culture, genealogy, philosophy, current events, computers, etc.  The 2 hour classes meet once a week and run from 4 to 8 weeks.  Classes start at 1:00pm or 3:00pm Monday through Thursday.  Friday classes start at 10:00am and are followed by a special guest presentation at 1:00pm.  To request a free course catalog, please call 203-857-3330 or email www.lifetimelearners.org.

 

DRUG DISPOSAL

Do you or someone you know have unwanted, expired, unused or left over medications, including prescription, controlled substances, OTC, herbal or veterinary?  Proper disposal is important to keep drugs off the streets, out of our water streams and away from our children.  The State of Connecticut has a program that is available to you all year long.  Go to the Darien Police Department on 25 Hecker Avenue and drop off unwanted dry (no liquid) medications in a drop box located in their lobby.  Please use a permanent marker to cover any identifying information.

 

The DEA/Federal Government will be sponsoring a national drug take back day on September 26th, 10:00am – 2:00pm.  Locations will be announced on September 1st.  For more information visit http://texastakeback.com/tag/httpwww-deadiversion-usdoj-govtakebackindex-html/.